Sunday, August 28, 2011

Another Marina Mist Creation

This week on Sunny Challenges and Creations we had to use Marina Mist and place any shape on the card front. I thought that I would do another card for the challenge (what so soon?) because I really started to get into the swing of Marina Mist!My base was of Sahara Sand, and I then 'wheeled' a strip of Marina Mist and Very Vanilla Card stock with the Jumbo Wheel Friendly Words. I added a length of the Chantilly Crochet Trim across the centre and attached a flower that I made by punching out 3 Fancy Flower Shapes, and 2 of the small leaves from the Sizzix Die Island Floral. I distressed all the shapes and seperated them before assembling them. I used a small yellow button from the Icecream Parlour Button collection and tied it off with Hemp twine. The sentiment is from the age old favourite Sincere Salutations , which I stamped off in Black and punched out using the decorative label punch. I hope you like my card, it was quick and easy to do and came together very quickly. Would love to hear what you think. Bye for now

Sunny Challenges Week 5

Hi there! This week on Sunny challenges and Creations our very talented Kris is the creator of the sketch. The only stipulations for the challenge were that 1. Marina Mist had to be used whether it was ink, carstock or ribbon and the other was that a shape (any shape) be placed on the left hand side of the card. This was harder than you would think! Now I am the proud owner of quite a few stamp sets, but do you think I could choose a set to use for this colour. Now if I had been given a stamp set to use then it would not have been a problem, so I dont know how to figure that out! I used Crumb Cake for the base of the card and on the front the lower half of the card was Marina Mist and the top half was Very Vanilla. I stamped the daisy from the set Every Moment, first making a mask so I could overstamp and have flowers where I wanted them. I then coloured these using Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and Soft Suede Classic Stampin Ink pads and my trusty blender pen. The base I left unadorned except for the sentiment and that was stamped directly onto the cardstock. Using the Big Shot I cut two scallop squares one in Night of Navy and the other in Very Vanilla. On the piece of Very Vanilla I stamped the bird from that set then coloured it using my blender pens and the ink pads as before. I then mounted this onto the main pieces of cardstock for the front of the card. I placed a piece of Kraft Taffeta Ribbon around the centre and tied a know to one side and the card was finished. For the inside, I used the lace edge punch on the top of the Marina Mist card stock and then attached it to a strip of Very Vanilla for the recipients name. It was a lot of fun, Hope you can join in with us this week its always a lot of fun, so I am looking forward to seeing your creations on out webside, remember its free and its definitely FUN! Bye for now

Friday, August 26, 2011


 I love Iris's and they always remind me of my nan's garden when I was a child, and then of my own garden in the Central West of NSW. We had huge frosts and the climate was perfect for bulbs of all sorts, and every winter I had a brilliant show of Iris's, Daffodils, John Quills, and any other winter bulb you could imagine. My front garden was an absolute riot of colour and I used to love nothing more than to sit on the front patio and admire them. On Monday a good friend bought me some Iris's to cheer me up as I had not been well and here it is the end of the week and they are still going strong. I couldnt resist taking a pic of them to share with you. There is nothing like fresh flowers to bring the great outdoors in and they certainly do cheer you up!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Using up some retired stock

Because the weather has been so wintry and I have virtually been housebound I thought that I would make some more cards for our local nursing home. They are always in need of Birthday, Easter, Christmas, Sympathy, Mothers and Fathers Day cards for their residents. I make a box full of cards over a couple of months plus others from my stash that I have had for a little while and take them to the diversional therapist, and when the 'ressies' need cards then they go through the appropriate box and choose what they like. I also donate 100 Christmas cards every year to go with their gifts from the DT's office. I love being able to do something for the oldies and they are all ever so happy to see you and eager for you to sit and listen to their stories.  What better way to use up retired stock, it is a sure fire way to put a big smile on so many faces. I will share some more tomorrow, bye for now

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Welcoming Christmas into your heart.....

Today with the weather so so awful, I thought I would make another Christmas card that would fit the challenge on Sunny Challenges and Creations this week. This time I chose to use Garden Green for my card base, I topped that with Confetti Cream and the panels were cut from Holly Jolly DSP that I had on hand and is just about to retire. Using the Big Shot I cut a scallop oval in Garden Green and a medium oval in Confetti Cream which I ran through the Big Shot once again this time inside the Square Lattice embossing folder, because as you remember at least one embossing folder was to be used. The image I stamped twice in Garden Green and coloured the star yellow is from the soon to be retired Christmas Classics stamp set. One of the images I cut up in sections and layered it onto the bottom one with dimensionals just to give it a bit of a lift. The sentiment is from Heard from the Heart, and on the inside of the card on Very Vanilla Card stock I stamped the verse from Snow Swirled along with a snowflake in the top right hand corner.  The bow is Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and the bow was placed in the centre of the top portion of the card to give it a 'bauble look'.It seems a bit sad to be saying goodbye to some of your favourite stamp sets, they are a little like comfy slippers really, they are always there when you wnat them. Nevermind on the 1st of September we will have a whole lot more new favourites that we will automatically reach for!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Brand New Challenge from Sunny Challenges and Creations

 Here we are into week 4 of  Sunny Challenges and Creations.  Kris Vicky and I hope you will play along with us this week. The challenge this week is to create a card using the sketch on the left, but you  must  use  at least one embossing folder, and the theme is Christmas. You can use any or even no stamp set, as long as the finished creation is of a Christmas theme. That gives everyone a really wide scope, to put forward some beautiful entries. For my card I used Real Red cardstock, which I ran through the Big Shot using the Framed Tulips embossing folder. I then cut panels from the Holly Jolly Designer Paper and topped that with some Whisper White that was also run through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I had a scrap of Real Red cardstock on my desk and had punched out the Lace Border, so I put it on top of the Whisper White (which I know has covered the polka dots) and I really like the look of it. The stamp set I used was Contemp Christmas. The sentiment was stamped in Real Red and the tree was stamped onto a  white medium oval in Old Olive.I matted this onto an Old Olive small scallop oval (not SU). I think you will have a lot of fun playing with the sketch this week, so dont forget to go to Sunny Challenges and enter your creations. I really like how my card turned out and I would love to hear what you think too. Bye for now

Friday, August 19, 2011

Last Fox and Friends Share

This is the last share that I have done for the Sunny Challenges and Creations Challenge for this week. I pulled out some Regal Rose cardstock, which I dont seem to use often enough, layered it with Whisper White which I had passed through the Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty embossing folder. I then matted some Whisper White onto another piece of Regal Rose and fed each corner into the Decorative Label Punch to make the corner shapes that I achieved here. A Strip of matching cardstock had a piece of white grossgrain ribbon across its length and attached to the main body of the card. The sentiment was stamped and the large oval punch was used to shape it. The fox was stamped in Regal Rose once again and placed on dimensionals. She is so cute, she looks like she is batting her eyes at any unsuspecting little boy fox! I have had fun using this set this week and hope that you have liked what I have done. Bye for now

Another Fox and Friends Card share

Here is another creation using the Fox and Friends stamp set. This time I used the little turtle, I think he is the cutest little thing and I am sure any little boy would be pleased to receive him for his birthday..........along with the mandatory gift of course! This challenge has really had us all thinking hard, and because I rarely make cards for little people and tend to use more 'nursery' type sets for new babies I dont mind admitting Miss Vicky really set a task this week at Sunny Challenges and Creations I used a Whisper White card base, and using Bashful Blue Ink and the standard size Stampin' around wheel with cup cakes on it, then topped it with Bashful Blue card stock and added a scallop edge from the Tasteful Trim Die, I then ran a piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder and matted that onto a piece of  Tempting Turquoise and placed the turtles using dimensionals. For some reason this card puts me in mind of "snips and snails and puppy dog tails"! I had fun making this card and I hope you like it too!
Bye foe now

Congratulations Matthew!

Our grandson Matthew achieved some outstanding results for an assignment, and my son asked me to make him a card that he could send off to him. Of course it was at the last moment (is there any other moment for our children) so this is what I came up with at very short notice!The assignment was for one of his music classes so I needed to use something that signified the importance of his achievement! Tempting Turquoise for the base, my current favourite embossing folder Square Lattice, and using the Big Shot once again I cut out the letters to spell Congrats and placed them haphazardly over the front. I also added a couple of stick ons  and a metal musical note (neither of which are  SU), as they were the only things I had that were 'musical'. He has received his card and he loved it. You might remember Matthew made that lovely telescopic card while he was here on holidays and I can see he will be wanting to play with Nan's cardmaking supplies when he is here again at Christmas. Bye for now...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fox and Friends share

This week on Sunny Challenges and Creations we are using the stamp set Fox and Friends and the sketch for this challenge was done by Vicki. As I said in an earlier post it really had me thinking, and now I seem to have gotten into the 'groove' with set and will share with you over the next couple of days some more of my creations using this lovely set. The card base is Tempting Turquise and that has been layered with Whisper white of which I attached four of the lions from the stamp set that were stamped in More Mustard and that was then run through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder. A smaller mat of the Tempting Turquoise topped with Whisper White was adhered to the embossed layer and then I had cut out a giraffe that was stamped in Cajun Craze and he was placed using dimensionals. You cant see it very well in this picture but I placed a basic rhinestone for the giraffe's eye. The card was finished off by placing a strip of More Mustard Cardstock across the page which had 1/8" White Taffeta Ribbon attached to it. This is such a pretty set and I dont know why I hadnt had ink to it before this :(  I do hope you like it and I would love to know what you think of it.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 3 at Sunny Challenges and Creations

Here we are into week 3 would you believe of
 Sunny Challenges. This week the sketch and stamp set was chosen by our very talented Vicky. She certainly made me put my thinking cap on thats for sure! The Stamp set is a wonderful set called Fox and Friends and it is soon to retire. It is such a versatile set for either welcoming a new baby or for a young person's birthday. I took a piece of Rich Razzleberry Cardstock and randomly stamped the monkey from the set over the front if the card with White Craft Ink. The white mat was put through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder. I decided to make the ribbon a bit of a focal point as well by punching small holes in it with the Crop a Dile and then threading 1/8" white taffeta ribbon through the holes and tying it off. Taking the monkey image once again I stamped 'him' off once on Whisper White Card Stock with Rich Razzleberry. I then punched out 3 small hearts from the set of small punches and placed them down the side. The sentiment is from Short and Sweet, and punched out using the Word Window Punch. I decided to send this one off to my young grandson for his birthday, and him being a bit of a monkey I thought it suited him to the ground. Would love to hear what you think, bye for now

Friday, August 5, 2011

Another Share for Sunny Cahllenges

Hi there! This week is the first week of challenges for Sunny Challenges and I thought that I would post another of my creations that I made for this week. We had to work with Inspired by Nature and it is such a lovely set and it is very 'giving' in as much that there are so many components to work with. I decided this time not to be so structured and to let a bit of whimsy play a part. I am so pleased with the end result and I hope you like it too! My base is Very Vanilla, which I topped with a piece of Soft Suede cardstock. I ran this through the Big Shot using the Tulips border embossing folder. The Regal Rose I ran through the Big Shot as well this time using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I used Soft Suede ink to stamp the grasses on Very Vanilla, and the flowers are the smallest daisy, which were coloured using the Stamp n Write Markers in Real Rose, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, and Soft Suede. Five flowers were inked and stamped then cut out, and then attached to the cardstock randomly using my faithful Anywhere Glue Stick. This layer was then run through the Big Shot too, this time using the Squeare Lattice embossing folder. Before attaching this layer to the Baja Breeze mat I coloured some 1/8" taffeta ribbon with Regal Rose ink and tied it around the botton. It was then assembled, dimensionals were added to the back and it was all attached to the main body of the card. I hope you like what I have done,  Iwould love to know what you think. Bye for now.....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Today I thought that I would share with you a little of my new Craft Room. It is amazing really how little it takes to make one happy. I have been forever delegated to small corners here and there in various parts of the house and always having to leave what I was doing to pack up.......but no more!! I do at long last have a little corner of the house to call mine. Since I began Stampin' I have used the kitchen bench or any other area that I could grab to work on. In more recent times I have secconded the dining room table and the environs to apply my craft. Dinner times saw everything packed away then bought out again so I could continue with my 'work'. Our office has been sitting unused by my husband for quite a few months now and I would only use it to pay bills and file invoices. So the executive decision was made (by me of course) to use the office for my craft room, and met with no objections. I am still sorting things around to suit how I want them and where I want them, but for the time it is working well, with my inks etc right in front of me at 'my' area and my printer, computer, stamp sets, big shot and dies in what was 'Ron's' area. I am just so happy to have an area that I dont have to pack up every single time for meals, visitors, grandchildren etc. Now all I have to do is get Photoshop happening (if I live that long) and get some decent pics up. What I have taken for now will have to do, but I am hoping there is a really big scope for improvement!  I just love the photo on my computer desktop. It was a snap when I was at Long Island in the Whitsundays for my son's wedding. I was sitting outside my room which opened straight onto the beach and this is what I saw every day. How lovely it would be to have a view like that every day.  I could have happily sat and relaxed there forever! Bye for now
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